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1 TOWN COUNCIL STAFF REPORT To: Honorable Mayor & Town Council From: Jamie Anderson, Town Clerk Date: January 16, 2013 For Council Meeting: January 22, 2013 Subject: Town Invocation Policy Prior Council Review: None Recommendation: Adopt the Resolution documenting the Town policy regarding invocations at meetings. Summary: The Town of Yucca Valley has a long-standing tradition of opening Town Council meetings with an offering of prayer. While the Town Clerk has an established practice for scheduling individuals from the local clergy, this process has not been formally documented and ratified by the Town Council. Order of Procedure: Department Report Request Staff Report Request Public Comment Council Questions of Staff Council Discussion Motion/Second Discussion on Motion Call the Question Discussion: Legislative bodies in America have long maintained a tradition of solemnizing proceedings by allowing for an opening prayer before each meeting. The Town of Yucca Valley is no different. Since the incorporation of the Town, the Town Council has followed a practice of selecting a member of local clergy to provide invocations at Town Council meetings. Town Council asked that this item be brought forward for evaluation after recent controversy surrounding a motivational speaker at a local high school and recent correspondence to the Town concerning its policy of opening meetings in prayer. In considering the proposed resolution the Town Council is being asked to adopt this formal, written policy to clarify and codify its invocation practices. Reviewed By: ~ Town Manager X Department Report Ordinance Action X Resolution Action\J Public Hearing Consent Minute Action P.116 Receive and File Study Session

2 While it is not uncommon to hear statements to the contrary, such prayer before deliberative public bodies has been consistently upheld as constitutional by American courts, including the United States Supreme Court. One ofthe more recent cases involved the City of Lancaster. Under the City of Lancaster's policy, the city clerk maintained a database of religious congregations and mailed letters inviting the congregations to give an invocation before a City Council meeting. The invitation requested that "prayer opportunities not be exploited as an effort to convert others to the particular faith of the invocational speaker nor to disparage any faith or belief different than that of the invocational speaker." The policy also provided that no leader would be scheduled for any consecutive meetings or for more than three meetings in any calendar year. Otherwise, the city of Lancaster did not place any restrictions on the content of the legislative prayers that were presented. Every person who volunteered to deliver an invocation before a City Council meeting was scheduled to do so. A substantial majority of the prayers in Lancaster were Christian in nature and contained explicitly sectarian religious references. The US District Court for the Central District of California in City of Lancaster held that the legislative prayer policy did not violate the Establishment Clause. In its analysis, the federal district court noted that volunteers of numerous faiths were invited to and had given invocations before City Council meetings, and the selection process did not discriminate against any particular faith. The federal district court also held that the city's request that volunteers not use the opportunity "as an effort to convert others to the particular faith" or "to disparage any faith or belief... " was sufficient to meet the test set forth under other court rulings. The policy being presented for consideration is identical to that of the City of Lancaster. This formal, written policy will result in changes in the Town's current efforts to schedule clergy for invocations. The Town Clerk has found it difficult to schedule clergy in the past; comments from clergy have indicated that the Town's prior directive that invocations be non-sectarian contradicted the dictates of their own conscience. This new policy will provide no such directive. It will, however, include the following to the clergy: "This opportunity is voluntary, and you are free to offer the invocation according to the dictates of your own conscience. To maintain the spirit of respect and ecumenism, the Town Council requests only that the prayer opportunity not be exploited as an effort to convert others to the particular faith of the invocational speaker, nor to disparage any faith or belief different than that of the invocational speaker. " P.117

3 Alternatives: Town Council could direct that Invocation be removed from the beginning of Town Council meetings. Fiscal impact: None Attachments: Resolution P.118

4 RESOLUTION NO. 13- RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING A POLICY REGARDING INVOCATIONS AT MEETINGS OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF YUCCA V ALLEY WHEREAS, the Town Council is an elective legislative and deliberative public body, serving the citizens of the Town of Yucca Valley; and WHEREAS, legislative bodies in America have long maintained a tradition of solemnizing proceedings by allowing for an opening prayer before each meeting, for the benefit and blessing of the Town Council; and WHEREAS, since the incorporation of the Town, the Town Council has followed a practice of selecting a member of local clergy to provide invocations at Town Council meetings; and WHEREAS, the Town Council now desires to adopt this formal, written policy to clarify and codify its invocation practices; and WHEREAS, such prayer before deliberative public bodies has been consistently upheld as constitutional by American courts, including the United States Supreme Court; and WHEREAS, in Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783 (1983), the United States Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Nebraska Legislature's practice of opening each day of its sessions with a prayer by a chaplain paid with taxpayer dollars, and specifically concluded, "The opening sessions of legislative and other deliberative public bodies with prayer is deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this country. From colonial times through the founding of the Republic and ever since, the practice of legislative prayer has coexisted with the principles of disestablishment and religious freedom." Id., at 786; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court further held, "To invoke divine guidance on a public body... Is not, in these circumstances, and 'establishment' of religion or a step toward establishment; it is simply a tolerable acknowledgment of beliefs widely held among the people of this country." Id., at 792; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court affirmed in Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984), "Our history is replete with official references to the value and invocation of Divine guidance in deliberations and pronouncements of the Founding Fathers and contemporary leaders." Id., at 675; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court further stated, "Those government acknowledgments of religion serve, in the only ways reasonably possible in our culture, the legitimate secular purposes of solemnizing public occasions, expressing confidence in the future, and P.119

5 encouraging the recognition of what is worthy of appreciation in society. For that reason, and because of their history and ubiquity, those practices are not understood as conveying governmental approval of particular religious beliefs." Id., at 693 (O'Connor, J., concurring); and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court also famously observed in Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306, (1952), "Ware are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being." Id., at ; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court acknowledged in Holy Trinity Church v. United States, 143 U.S. 457 (1892), that the American people have long followed a "custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer...," Id., at 471; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court has determined, "The content of [such] prayer is not of concern to judges where... there is no indication that the prayer opportunity has been exploited to proselytize or advance anyone, or to disparage any other, faith or belief." Marsh, 463 U. S. at ; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court also proclaimed that it should not be the job of the courts or deliberative public bodies "to embark on a sensitive evaluation or to parse the content of a particular prayer" offered by a deliberative public body.!d.; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court has counseled against the efforts of government officials to affirmatively screen, censor, prescribe and/or proscribe the specific content of public prayers offered by private speakers, as such government efforts would violate the First Amendment rights of those speakers. See, e.g., Lee v Weisman, 505 U.S. 577, (1992); and WHEREAS, the Town Council intends, and has intended in past practice, to adopt a policy that upholds individuals "free exercise" rights under the First Amendment; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court has repeatedly clarified that "there is a crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion, which the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses protect. " Bd. OJ Educ. ajwestside Cmty Sch. V. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226, 250 (1990); and WHEREAS, the Town Council intends, and has intended in past practice, to adopt a policy that does not proselytize or advance any faith, or show any purposeful preference of one religious view to the exclusion of others; and WHEREAS, the Town Council recognizes its constitutional duty to interpret, construe, and amend its policies and ordinances to comply with constitutional requirements as they are announced; and P.120

6 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Yucca Valley, California that the Town Council does hereby adopt the following written policy regarding opening invocations before meetings of the Town Council to wit: 1. In order to solemnize proceedings of the Town Council, it is the policy of the Town Council to allow for an invocation or prayer to be offered at its meetings for the benefit of the Town Council and community. 2. No member of the Town Councilor Town employee or any other person in attendance at the meeting shall be required to participate in any prayer that is offered. 3. The prayer shall be voluntarily delivered by an eligible member of the clergy/religious leader in the Town of Yucca Valley. To ensure that such person (the "invocational speaker") is selected from among a wide pool of the (jurisdiction),s clergy/religious leaders, on a rotating basis, the invocational speaker shall be selected according to the following procedure: a. The Town Clerk shall compile and maintain a database (the "Congregations List") of the religious congregations with an established presence in Yucca Valley. b. The Congregations List shall be compiled by referencing the listing for "churches", "congregations", or other religious assemblies in the annual Yellow Pages phone book(s) published for the Town of Yucca Valley, research from the Internet, and consultation with local chambers of commerce. All religious congregations with an established presence in the Town of Yucca Valley are eligible to be included in the Congregations List, and any such congregation can confirm its inclusion by specific request to the Clerk. c. The Congregations list shall include the name and contact information of any chaplain who may serve one or more of the fire departments or law enforcement agencies of the Town of Yucca Valley or any nearby military facilities. d. The Congregations list shall be updated by reasonable efforts of the Town Clerk. e. Within thirty (30) days of the effective date of this policy, the Town Clerk shall mail an invitation addressed to the "religious leader" of each congregation listed on the Congregations List, as well as to the individual chaplains included on the Congregations List. f. The invitation shall be dated at the top of the page, signed by the Town Clerk at the bottom of the page, and read as follows: Dear religious leader, P.121

7 Sincerely, Town Clerk The Town Council makes it a policy to invite members of the clergy in the Town of Yucca Valley to voluntarily offer a prayer before the beginning of its meetings, for the benefit and blessing of the Town Council. As the leader of one of the religious congregations with an established presence in the local community of the Town of Yucca Valley, or in your capacity as a chaplain for one of the fire departments or law enforcement agencies of the Town of Yucca Valley, you are eligible to offer this important service at an upcoming meeting of the Town Council. lfyou are willing to assist the Town Council in this regard, please send a written reply at your earliest convenience to the Town Clerk at the address included on this letterhead. Clergy are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve or other random basis. The dates of the Town Council's scheduled meetings for the upcoming year are listed on the following, attached page. If you have a preference among the dates, please state that request in your written reply. This opportunity is voluntary, and you are free to offer the invocation according to the dictates of your own conscience. To maintain the spirit of respect and ecumenism, the Town Council requests only that the prayer opportunity not be exploited as an effort to convert others to the particular faith of the invocational speaker, nor to disparage any faith or belief different than that of the invocational speaker. On behalf of the Town Council, I thank you in advance for considering this invitation. g. Consistent with paragraph 6 hereof and, as the invitation letter indicates, the respondents to the invitation shall be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve or other random basis to deliver the prayers h. If the selected invocational speaker does not appear at the scheduled meeting, the Mayor may ask for a volunteer from among the Council or the audience to deliver the invocation. 4. No invocational speaker shall receive compensation for his or her service. 5. The Town Clerk shall make every reasonable effort to ensure that a variety of eligible invocational speakers are scheduled for the Town Council meetings. In any event, no invocational speaker shall be scheduled to offer a prayer at consecutive meetings of the Town Council, or at more than three (3) Town Council meetings in any calendar year. P.122

8 6. Neither the Town Council nor the Town Clerk shall engage in any prior inquiry, review of, or involvement in, the content of any prayer to be offered by an invocational speaker. 7. This policy shall be intended for all Boards and Commissions for the Town of Yucca Valley, California. 8. This policy is not intended, and shall not be implemented or construed in any way, to affiliate the Town Council with, nor express the Town Council's preference for, any faith or religious denomination. Rather, this policy is intended to acknowledge and express the Town Council's respect for the diversity of religious denominations and faiths represented and practiced among the citizens of Yucca Valley. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this policy shall become effective immediately upon approval by the Town Council of the Town of Yucca Valley, California. DATED this 22 nd day of January, ATTEST: MAYOR TOWN CLERK P.123

9 TOWN COUNCIL STAFF REPORT To: From: Date: Honorable Mayor & Town Council Curtis Yakimow, Administrative Services Director January 16, 2013 For Council Meeting: January 22,2013 Subject: FY Budget Preparation Calendar Recommendation: Review and approve the proposed Budget Calendar Order of Procedure: Request Staff Report Request Public Comment Council Discussion/Questions of Staff Motion/Second Discussion on Motion Roll Call Vote Discussion: For the upcoming fiscal year, the Town will be completing a budget plan identifying both the priorities and programs of the Town, as well as the related financial resources required to accomplish these identified priorities. The budget process specifically coordinates the proposed goals, objectives, and programs with the Town's existing General Plan, Town policies, and other strategic planning guidance documents. As an additional component of the budget, a multi-year forecast will also be incorporated into the budget process, thus presenting a long-term financial planning horizon for the Town. The development of the annual budget is completed in phases, with each phase subject to a management review process. These phases are identified in the attached budget calendar. Upon completion of the individual phases, the budget is then assembled as a draft consolidated forecast of the Town's financial plan. Based on comments and guidance received at the 2013 Strategic Planning Meeting, the Town will be including multiple public study sessions as well as formal public hearings on the proposed budget. The first of these study session is tentatively slated for February 19, 2013, prior to the Town Council meeting. The calendar also identifies a Saturday budget study session, with the date to be determined. The final public hearing and budget adoption is scheduled for June 4, Reviewed By:, d }m:),/yown Manager T6wfi'Attorn ey X Department Report Ordinance Action "-l Resolution Action Consent X Minute Action Receive and File Study Item P.124

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